Loughmacrory and Badoney served up a highly competitive and entertaining Grade Two Minor League Final at wind and rain swept Fintona on Friday evening before the Loch emerged three point 1-10 to 1-7 winners.
The game was played in very difficult conditions but credit to both sides for producing such a quality and sporting contest.
Loughmacrory had the elements in their favour for the first half but errant shooting let them down early on before Pearse Mc Donald, Ruairi Mc Cullagh and Michael Mc Namee points had them well placed approaching half time. They were rocked back on their heels however when Mark Kennedy found the net for Badoney to reduce the gap to two points with three minutes of the first half left. Loch’s response was instant as another brace of scores from player of the match Ruairi Mc Cullagh Sent the teams in at the break with Loughmacrory leading 0-8 to 1-1.
Badoney made good use of the wind at the start of the second half but failed to take advantage of increased possession. An early Lorcan Mc Cullagh point made it a three point game but solid defensive work from the Loch and inaccurate passing from Badoney ensured the gap remained at three.
Conditions made life difficult for both sides but strong running from Ruairi Mc Cullagh saw him add another point for his team before the same player broke through and managed to squeeze the ball home and suddenly the gap was out to seven.
Badoney dug deep however and although they outscored their opponents five points to one in the final quarter they failed to score that second goal that they needed. Lorcan Mc Cullagh’s accuracy from the placed ball saw him hit five further points but that was not enough to deny Loughmacrory the title on a full time score of 1-10 to 1-7.